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Carmelo Anthony's reaction to playing power forward at Thunder

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After initially joking that Carmelo Anthony would be starting on the bench for the Oklahoma City Thunder, head coach Billy Donovan set the record straight and revealed the 33-year-old's role on the team.

Prior to joining the Thunder last week, Anthony's position at his previous team, the New York Knicks, was small forward. However, now he is part of a superteam setup at Oklahoma, he's no longer going to be playing in that position.

Donovan said to Royce Young of ESPN: "No, he's going to start the power forward spot for us. That's what he's going to do."

This wasn't a surprising move by the head coach, considering the talent he now has on his roster in 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, and the new arrival from the Indiana Pacers Paul George, and Melo. It's a move the 10-time All-Star is happy to comply with as well.

Anthony said: "I've been playing the 4 almost all my career. Even in Denver, we was one of those teams with George Karl, kinda started going playing that small ball, putting me at the 4, picking up the pace. We kind of started that. And the league wasn't ready for that at that time. It was all about traditional bigs and power forwards and centers.

"And now, it's just whoever. You have 2-guards playing center now, guys 6-foot-5 playing center. So, it really doesn't matter at what position it is, what spot out there, as long as you fill those spots, as long as you know the offense, as long as you execute, those positions, they don't matter.

"I have no problem with playing the 4. I actually like that, I actually embrace that. And for this team, I think it will be better."

The size, physicality and shooting ability which Melo possesses makes him a natural fit for the modern day NBA power forward, so he shouldn't have any problems adapting to the position. He already thinks he's going to have a lot of fun in the position.

"Playing alongside somebody like Steven Adams, who can get up on a pick, who can switch, who can guard different positions, I like that. I've always wanted to play with somebody like that."

He sounds ready to adapt to the new situation he has found himself in at the Thunder, and that can only mean good things for the franchise ahead of what looks to be a very promising season.

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Paul George
Indiana Pacers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
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Russell Westbrook
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
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Carmelo Anthony
New York Knicks
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